CBS picked up two more editions of reality show Survivor, the 17th and 18th editions of the show. The network also announced that Jeff Probst signed a new agreement to remain as host. Probst has hosted the show since its inception in 2000.
"Survivor is a show that defies ratings gravity," said Ghen Maynard, executive vice president of alternative programming and entertainment content for new media, CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group in a statement. "It is truly remarkable feat to be winning your time period in all ratings categories after 15 editions. The show's success is testimony to the creativity and passion of Mark [Burnett], Jeff and the entire production team; and to a brilliant concept that continually introduces new casts and settings, making each season feel like a new series."
The show’s 15th season, Survivor China, completed its run last fall, garnering a 6.2 rating/15 share in the key 25-54 demographic. The show may not have the ratings it once held early in its run, but it has been a solid anchor for CBS’ Thursday-night lineup.
The new editions of Survivor will be broadcast during the 2008-09 season.